The Favourite

The beginning of the XVIII century. There is a war of England with France. However, life in the Kingdom continues. The throne is painful Queen Anne, and the country is actually being led by her close friend lady Sarah of Marlborough. When the Palace appears the girl Abigail, relative of lady Sarah, she first defines her work in the kitchen. But soon the new girl successfully finds a cure for the patient with gout the Queen, then Sarah decides to make her his servant. For Abigail it is a chance to return to his aristocratic roots, and it is better not to stand in her way.

  • Yorgos Lanthimos

Release Date: 2018-12-21
IMDb icon 7.6/10
  • Country: IE, GB, US
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $15,000,000
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $26,770,938, 6 January 2019
Erika Marni
03 February 2019 | 09:01

The sixth film Giorgos Lanthimos not has become an undisputed masterpiece like "Lobster", but and happily passed the fate of "Killing sacred deer", this Hollywood version of the art exercise "Fang" and"the Alps". At this time Greek filmmaker has made a real ode to feminism is not without reverence in the direction of the LGBT movement (but that with him to take the time is). Focusing on the interior, pictorial opus Greenaway, Lanthimos wants to impress the viewer with the boldness of the statements about cream of the English aristocracy, but turns him in a whole, the secondary pattern.

Comparison of "Mistress" with "Barry Lyndon" abused critics, is also inappropriate, for use wide-angle lenses — rather, a visual quote of the films of Orson Wellse (especially in before the use of shooting from below, which shapes become monumental as in "touch of evil" or"Othello"), than the cinematic kubicheskogo authenticity of the film. The Creator of "Barry Lyndon," as you know, tried to achieve the similarity of the images and paintings of those years when the action unfolds it tape (because the scenes were shot in the candles, no special lighting, with the use of lenses used in the aerospace industry).

The same lanthimos relies on "clash of the titans" — two favourites for the location of the Queen, because its bitches are each other and have a sort of negative charisma, as  & villains wells (another similarity). I must admit that acting Hollywood performers caught in the trap of obscene, unrealistic dialogue, it's hard to believe that said the 18th century, even in private conversation, but this fascination dramatic structure of the film is not suffers — the viewer interesting to watch the intrigues of rivals in spite of the whole uniformity.

Hollywood film Academy so have chosen to "Favorite" because it is very convenient for US movie critics and satirically criticized the class prejudices of Europe, which in the States never was, is another reason to say, "how corrupt was the European aristocrats", not saw a this is the tragedy of culture as this happened, for example, Visconti. Plus everything trend that act "Favorite" strong woman, and men are weak and childish. It now everyone likes.

Well, overall, the inferiority of this General a good painting, but whether it following the festival environment, or something else? When final Emma stone in the course five or six seconds unrecognizable, the face changes from the triumphant contempt to solenosti is aerobatics acting, but the valuable painting is not it. Rather dignity. same chimerical, deceptive, as her disadvantages: first mistress fought for the interests of the country, the second — only your own this elusive degradation of the court fight — not perceptible, but a clearly perceptible sadness pictures, and the reason it again.

Judge for yourself if history is cyclical, and nothing changed to the best, why then the need for social and other changes? The historical pessimism of Lastimosa immobilizes the mind of the viewer, trying to get his think to fight for better life what for you still win geeks, more talented opportunists, Lanthimos — the misanthrope, this property, coupled with the melancholy of a very destructive effect on the active part of the mind viewer, encouraging him or her to surrender to the troubles. "Mistress" — movie are talented, but captured by the cynic and misanthrope, not believe people, it's certainly not the feast of misanthropy, as Trier's latest opus, but still to live after this movie they need less than after the tragic, but the cleansing of the historical epics of Luchino Visconti, it makes the tape Lastimosa secondary.

The pessimism of the end of history — fashionable postmodernist trend, which goes from one modern paintings in another it devalues all attempts movie to change lives, because if the story came to an end, and makes it monsters (that appear such heroic figures after deconstruction by means of art), but further for (a kind of life after death) — pointless however, to see that such pessimism is to have an idea of that what a world we don't live at stupid Commerce and on may seemingly smart, but not so and stupid Arthouse.

Bertha Sandberg
17 March 2019 | 01:55

Despite someone else's script and unusual suiting the atmosphere, yorgos of lanthimos did not changed himself, removing still pretentious and palpably absurd picture. Willy-nilly, it begs comparison with Grinbaum, according to a common path which is the Greek, kicking the corpse of a decaying culture in the entourage tartowski England. It is clear that for the Director of "Lobster" is just another conditional sets, in which the nature of man to explore especially convenient. Taking, for example, for the basis of the court of Queen Anne, on which contrast Elizabeth or Victoria, the few who knows. Queen have a middle-aged, obviously sick and very hot-tempered. She has lost seventeen children, all friends and fans in case. no no more clear, nor the slightest interest. Significant are only rabbits — Yes, the Duchess of Marlborough, devoted to that controls instead of Anna's government.

Lesbian motive and the leading role of women doing "Mistress", of course, non-standard — barely outstanding. All ironic, dirt and the modernist stuff of Lastimosa mean not so many, if we recall the geometrical feast of the same Greenway in "the draughtsman's Contract" or"Chef". Funny — but the Director does not have enough of bullying, creative arrogance, emancipation, which do not look here that poor, but quite innocently. Of course, the feeling is absurd masquerade-operetta existence occurs almost immediately in this Kingdom of crooked mirrors, where all the bizarre stretched or narrowed so that it's like we're watching are somewhere inside, separated by a mental wall or peephole. Bribery and torch-black tone, and men's outfits, in the look great polished cats, a parody of themselves. But in General, all as-that hastily, superficially, so what to enjoy and to go into the grotesque beauty of the time is not left.

Though there is a"Favorite" and something classical, familiar — major plans, for example, particularly successful in the case of a wide-eyed Abigail. And even the moments of demonstration of feelings and relations are often trust almost sincere sympathy to heroines whose actions the motives are pretty clear. Especially brilliantly acts out their Rachel Weisz brought here at once and a man and a woman, whose cunning and pride turned against her. It is a pity, perhaps, more than all, like this a strong-willed personality seems to be still nice when you get to know her in favor of feeling a sudden pain. Tragic and the figure of Queen — too weak and degraded to seriously accuse her in any way. In final position Anna has something insanely majestic and liberating. Yeah and prostrate Abigail ceases to be two-faced, with a rabbit obedience and a missing eye bending under the fifth. But here — once is not enough to believe Lanthimos and to experience full pleasure. Less would still show off the Greek — and plenty of focus.

5 from 10

Phylis Ondine
03 February 2019 | 11:24

Picture of Giorgos Lanthimos, like her characters, plays a very tricky game with the spectator, showing for two hours all sorts of nasty things, she somehow even manages like. It truly amazing! "Mistress" at the same time appears to us in three forms. Sometimes the film looks like a typical "Oscar bait". More less tape commands to afford to go, how to the product for the mass consumer. In most we see a very specific and a strange sight for fans of genre cinema and particular Director. However, when to challenge the part of "Mistress" in the number of nominees for the main prize on the upcoming "Oscar 2019", so as undeniably a brilliant piece of cinema. But despite all of the above, this film to view I recommend everybody I will. In this aspect, personally for me it losing the recent "Green book", which I can you recommend any passerby.

Let's start with that "Favourite" is hard to call a fully typical Oscar picture. Yes, it has topical themes, hidden meanings and subtexts, but it and enough indecent for the Academy expressions, and also scenes, to put it mildly, unusual content. George apparently knew in advance about that his offspring will sing the praises and, most likely, because of the issues nominated for different significant film award in including "Oscar". So he decided plenty to laugh at school in the most part, chooses films on the main nomination because of the barbs raised in them the. Well, well, the joke's on us. "Favorite" really looks like high satire on the jury so revered in wider circles of fans of cinema of the competition. To the same tape Lastimosa is a Comedy, which is really the time from time laugh. The problem is that a big part of humor is necessary for mocking the life of high society England in the early XVIII century. And sometimes the allegory and comparison, bordering much too far-fetched tomfoolery close to Queen of the persons are starting to annoy. It looks like mixture of the present expensive wines with as a rule, empty taste and cheap liquor with often seeming pleasant acidity. In the end, it creates an unpleasant aftertaste from that this a mixture of its creators tried to add a pinch of normally balanced ingredient. In General, Comedy in the usual sense of the word "Favourite" can be difficult.

But here to argue not necessary, so is on the artistic value of the film. According to the story, we tell about two close (even very close) to Queen Anne girls, so called favorites. Both they are insidious and enjoy a weak position, according to many people of the upper class, have came from the mind of the old woman. Here only between them there is a very big difference. Sarah Churchill, in contrast Abigail hill, as a clear opponent of the loyal opposition, seeking benefits in public Affairs. The heroine Emma stone also wants to your new status all and are ready to any, even the most vile and insidious filth that you can imagine. It also, Sarah really has a warm feeling to Anna let supported by the desire of well-being for their country. In fact, to the arrival of Abigail all internal and foreign Affairs lying on the very fragile shoulders. However, with the arrival of cousins her whole world is spinning, so as the position of the force in the Palace and Parliament is changing a number of intrigues and plots increased. Sarah accidentally admits convergence Abigail with a and later with the Queen. All this is the background of the war in Spanish succession. Robert Harley, the representative of the Tory party and a clear enemy hostilities with France, offers a win-win deal Abigail, on the terms of which the latter needs to give him all the gossip regarding Sarah and Anna. And, incidentally, the policy in the ribbon is also given a lot of screen time. Should say that the characters, script and the study of the environment here on top of it? Perhaps this is so it is clear. So I will tell you about how the Director shows high society and poverty of the eighteenth century. In my opinion, the main feature of the Director was to the most demonstrative special at the abominations of action and actions "best people" of England, so and the poor peasants and vagrants. Disgust here is everything from the haughty manner of speech to completely wild to the vagaries of nobility, from which I want to a few seconds just to narrow eyes. Therefore, you look forward to acceptable and partial scenes, that may be Oh how soon.

The story here is divided eight chapters, the interval between which is small time intervals. And how I wonder screenwriter played with characters in early how those changed into the end. Abigail of pretty good-natured girl turns into the real selfish monster, who is not have any pity. Sarah also appeared in the plot of the antagonist to the end becomes the most charming and a good movie. In fact, changing only the Queen, but it is not necessary. Already in the beginning it is evident that her life already so well received and led to such a state, when it is dependent his subjects, weave around her intrigue and conspiracies. But all it wasn't so cool if not great actors. Olivia Coleman here gave an incredible performance that is really amazing depth of his work. Her Anna turned really crazy woman under his old age craves thrills. Also, I brought the game Rachel Weisz in the role of Sarah Churchill. But most of all, I was pleased with the work of my beloved Emma stone. On the site of the Academy, I would it gave Oscar ahead of schedule.

What can you say about the movie the technical point of view? He is cleared is insanely juicy. There are quite a lot of interesting camera solutions such as frequent use.  - called effect of "Fish eye" and, of course, the most uncomfortable for the viewer angles. Here an example: the characters are in an argument, and the operator focuses on one of characters, which is not even involved in it. From all of this, the audience feels uncomfortable. It also adds a touch of madness that permeated the entire script and the characters. Also, I liked composition work. Intense music for the playlist, lover's soundtracks here abound.

Summing up, "Mistress" simultaneously repels and attracts madness, however, for me this really the best movies of last year. Let the picture Giorgos Lanthimos and will not be my personal favorite in the main nomination, but still most other categories, where it is, I will be rooting for her (except, perhaps, "Best script" (there I still for  the"Green book").

9.5 10

How much has The Favourite made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $26,770,938, 6 January 2019.
How much did it cost to make The Favourite?
According to various sources, the cost of producing the tv-show was at least $15,000,000.
Who is the director of the movie The Favourite?
This tv-show was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
What is the genre of The Favourite?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Comedy, Drama, History, Biography, Best movies 2018, Oscar 2019, Best Comedy Movies 2018, Best Drama Movies 2018, Best History Movies 2018.
Who starred in The Favourite?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Delves, Faye Daveney, Emma Stone.
What is The Favourite IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 7.6.
When was The Favourite released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 2018-12-21.